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  1. SecNam

    SecNam Moderator Staff Member

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    ok i have 2 montors at the moment on a radeon 2600xt (2 dvi out)

    can anyone recommend a good (cheap ish) graphics card that will allow me to use 3 dell monitors or an easy solution lol
     
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    I use a USB to DVI converter, cost £40 I think from amazon
     
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    I'm currently using a NVidia Quadro NVS 420 to run 3 Dell monitors via DVI. Could add a fourth as well if I had any room left on my desk :)
     
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    hahah at £399 i think i could just buy a laptop ahhaha
     
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    I paid from memory < £100 on eBay and it was brand new and still sealed :)
     
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    want to do a domain swap for it ;)
     
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    Seriously - don't use one of these, they are junk...

    The bandwidth for USB isn't nearly high enough for even SVGA resolution - they lag big time, copy a file to a usb drive and it gets even worse.

    Just get 2x graphics cards - you can get PCI x8 cards now, we have 8 machines at work with 2 cards in them - all work fine.

    How old is your computer - what type of slots are available?
     
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    hi

    its only a dell inspiron 530 and only has 1 pcie slot
     
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    I bet it's only got one PCI x16 slot - most boards also have some PCI x8 slots too...

    Do you have any really small slots that are about an inch and a half big?
     
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    Actually - make sure the OS is supported first...

    ebay this term...

    'x1 graphics card'
     
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    Use them both, windows can take up to 8 gfx cards...

    That card looks single width so you should be fine..

    Do make sure your card supports your os though...
     
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    cheers, i cannot see anywhere that is is windows 7 compatible which is a shame.
     
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    Hmm, well personally didn't think I had many options, already running 1 external from dvi out from my laptop. Does the job for me. Gives me 3 screens including laptop. It was one of these: http://www.amazon.co.uk/External-Vi...atible/dp/B002YB4DVU/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

     
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